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Lamar Gives 365 kickoff is Thursday

By Rachel McDaniel Last year, 164 members of the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation’s Lamar Gives 365 made a huge impact on the community, contributing to many local groups and organizations. In its first year, Lamar Gives 365 members awarded 10 grants totaling $25,000 and helped build an endowment of nearly $60,000 to support the Lamar community in perpetuity. GRANT RECIPIENTS: ’¢ Last year’s grant recipients include the Lamar County Primary School which was presented with $1,600 for Interactive Learning through Assistive Technology to teach students with disabilities using iPad and Apple computer apps. ’¢ A grant of $2,360 was given to Towaliga Accountability Courts to provide funding for six sessions for around 20 new Court Appointed Special Advocate positions, 20 volunteer manuals and travel and supplies expenses. ’¢ A grant of $5,570 was given to Lamar County Elementary School for Laptops for Lexiles, to provide teachers and students with reading and research materials matched to each student’s reading ability and interest level. ’¢ A grant of $4,780 was given to the Ferst Foundation to reach out to the nearly 300 local children not yet receiving free monthly books as part of the nonprofit literacy initiative. ’¢ A grant of $1,800 was given to the Lamar County Health Department to support a School Based Health Center in January 2015 at the primary school to ensure all students are healthy and ready to learn. ’¢ A grant of $5,540 was given to the Lamar County Recreation Department for a new football scoreboard. ’¢ A grant of $954 was given to the Wellness Management Project at Rock Springs Clinic to increase the clinic’s capacity by offering an additional day of service to help patients with a wide range of issues. ’¢ A grant of $1,090 was given to the Dolly Goodpuppy Society to offer low cost options for sterilizing local animals. ’¢ A grant of $873 was given to help fund the Lamar Arts Summer Kids Art Camp and allow 50 children to learn and practice art skills. ’¢ A grant of $436 was given to St. George’s Episcopal School to enhance a nature trail and other trails used for running, walking or observing nature by adding an outdoor classroom and butterfly garden. HOW TO HELP: Members may make an annual gift of $365 at the opening or closing events or online at lamargives. org. Recurring contributions of $32 per month can also be set up online. Members can send a check made out to Community Foundation of Central Georgia with Lamar Gives 365 on the memo line. Payments may be mailed to Community Foundation of Central Georgia, 577 Mulberry Street, Suite 1600, Macon GA 31201.

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